Mark Your Calendars, Turkeynecks: Da Crusher Statue to be Unveiled June 8

From Da Crusher Statue press release …

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, wrestling fans near and far will celebrate the unveiling of a bronze statue of Reggie “Da Crusher” Lisowski.  Mr. Lisowski, who died in 2005, was a renowned champion professional wrestler and billed as “The Man That Made Milwaukee Famous.”  Lisowski was also a life long South Milwaukee resident and World War II veteran. 

The fundraising to build the statue kicked off when a fan launched a website,, in late 2017.  The fundraising quickly skyrocketed, and the effort raised more than $40,000.00 in 90 days.  Organizers commissioned the Milwaukee firm Vanguard Sculpture Services to create the bronze statue. 

The City of South Milwaukee, which is undergoing significant city-wide redevelopment, agreed to transform a city-owned parking lot at 1101 Milwaukee Avenue into a “pocket park” to house the statue.  Significant work on the area will be done by volunteers from Miller Monuments, KEI Landscaping, and the Bricklayers Union.  The area will feature a brick square that will resemble a wrestling ring for the statue to be placed on.  Fans can purchase an engraved brick at

Stay tuned for much more about the event itself. From what I’ve been told, it will be a weekend to remember.


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2 responses to “Mark Your Calendars, Turkeynecks: Da Crusher Statue to be Unveiled June 8

  1. Robert Callahan

    The recognition of “Da Crusher” is a very appropriate action to take in South Milwaukee. My wife Annie (fka Nelson) Callahan is very proud of her Home Town and its wondefule characters, not the least of whom was Reginald Lisowski. We will be there on June 8 to celebrate with everyone!

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